Further Afield

Further Afield

Poulsbo
Photo by Jean Boyle/ kitsapimages.com
Town of Poulsbo
Kitsap County
This historic waterfront town on Liberty Bay, an inlet of Puget Sound, is located approximately one hour west of Seattle, via the Bainbridge or Kingston ferries. Poulsbo has earned the moniker "Little Norway" for its strong ties to the Nordic heritage of its 19th century settlers. A prominent Sons of Norway Hall anchors Front Street, which is lined with bakeries, boutiques and antique shops, and the hilltop First Lutheran Church built in 1886 watches over the town. Walking tours are offered by the Poulsbo Historical Society, www.poulsbohistory.org, and area tours are offered by www.kitsaptours.com. The community hosts special events and festivals throughout the year.
Mary Olson Farm
Photo courtesy City of Auburn
Mary Olson Farm
28728 Green River Road, Auburn
Named for the matriarch of a Swedish American family who immigrated in the 1890s, this historic farmstead is tucked into a wooded canyon approximately one hour south of Seattle. The farmstead includes a restored 1902 farmhouse and 1897 hay barn, and is operated (limited seasonal hours) by the White River Valley Museum.
Leif Erikson
Norway's Crown Prince Olaf at the Toftezon Memorial 1939, courtesy of the Stanwood Area Historical Society
Stillaguamish Valley
Vicinity of Stanwood
Many Nordic immigrants settled in the Stillaguamish Valley in the late 19th century, establishing prosperous dairy farms. Timber frame barns still dot the agricultural landscape along the Pioneer Highway (from SR 530), approximately 1.5 hours north of Seattle. Notable historic sites include Silvana's Peace Lutheran Church, or the "Little White Church on the Hill," built in 1890, and the Toftezon Memorial in Stanwood's Lutheran Cemetery, dedicated by Crown Prince Olav of Norway in 1939, in honor of the first Norwegian settler to Puget Sound. The Stanwood Area Historical Society interprets local history.
Hovander Homestead Park
Photo by Erin Vermeer
Hovander Homestead Park
5299 Neilsen Avenue, Ferndale
This pioneer-era farm was built by a Swedish immigrant family, and includes 350 acres on the Nooksack River, approximately two hours north of Seattle.

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